Waratahs finalise coaching structure for 2016

The Waratahs have finalised their coaching structure for the 2016 with the
signing of Assistant Coach Nathan Grey for another year.

Grey, who began his coaching role at the Waratahs ahead of their title-winning
season in 2014, said he was excited at the prospect of continuing his work with
the team, and shaping the next generation of incoming players.

“We’ve got a really exciting group of young players on board for
next season who have an opportunity here to contribute to the team right from
the start,” Grey said.

“At the end of the season we saw some of our very high calibre players
departing – Cliffy, Swoop, Keps and what not – and there is a vacuum
there, so we will be looking to our younger players to get stuck in straight
away and really stake a claim with how they train and play.

“It’s important to recognise the legacy that those players left,
but we’re communicating a really strong message to the squad that they
are here to create their own legacy and build what the players before them have

Grey will coach alongside new coaching recruits Cameron Blades and Chris Malone
in Head Coach Daryl Gibson’s inaugural season, and says he is looking
forward to the opportunity to build on the successful culture of the team.

“Over the past few years we have had some great success, and it is wonderful
to look back and recognise that, but we’re creating our own path with
this group and developing the Waratahs into a stronger, more consistent and
hopefully very competitive team,” Grey said.

“Knowing their [Blades and Malone] history they will be able to bring
a different skill set and fresh perspective to what Daryl and I have, so it
will be fantastic to pick their brains and learn from them – I have no doubt
they will be able to really add to the Waratahs team culture in their own unique
way, I’m looking forward to working alongside them next season.”

Grey is currently on tour with the Wallabies in an assistant coaching capacity,
and will return to the Volvo Centre for the 2016 pre-season training in December.

Following his successful playing career, which included 94 state caps and 35
international caps as well as two Rugby World Cup campaigns, Grey moved to Japan
for a five year stint with Kyuden as player/coach.

In 2011, Grey was recruited to Melbourne’s new Rebels franchise and spent
the inaugural season as skills coach before being promoted to assistant coach
under Damien Hill.
Coaching History:

Kyuden Voltex Player/Coach (2005-10)
Rebels Assistant Coach (2011-13)
Waratahs Assistant Coach (2014-)

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